42 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Round out your holiday menu with these easy Thanksgiving side dishes – appetizers, sweet & savory sides, salads and breads.

The countdown to Thanksgiving is on. I’ve been working on my holiday dinner menu this weekend, narrowing it down to a manageable plan.

While the turkey takes center stage on the table, the Thanksgiving sides dishes are where it’s at for me. Potatoes – sweet, mashed or both? Stuffing – or do you call it dressing? Savory dishes. Sweet dishes. And don’t even get me started on the bread. What a struggle – so many amazing dishes, so little time.

42 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | A Reinvented Mom

My holiday menu consists of a couple “must have” dishes (Orange Salad and Cranberry Orange Sauce). I also try to include a couple “new to us” dishes. It’s good to change things up a bit. And maybe discover a new family favorite.
On my search for new recipes, it occurred to me that you might need some inspiration to round out your holiday menu. I’ve gathered a collection of easy Thanksgiving side dishes. Appetizers, salads, savory sides, sweet sides and bread. And the best part? Most of these dishes require very little time to make. And some can be made a day or two in advance.

Find even more Thanksgiving recipes and tips on my Thanksgiving Feast Pinterest board.

Wondering how much food to plan for your holiday meal? Check out this handy Thanksgiving Serving Sizes reference sheet.

Use my helpful Thanksgiving Dinner Serving Sizes guide to successfully plan your holiday feast. Thanksgiving Dinner Serving Sizes - A Reinvented Mom


Have you finalized your Thanksgiving dinner plans yet? What “must have dishes” are on your menu?

Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours!


42 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Appetizers & Starters

Classic Stuffed Mushrooms

Sweet Potato and Candied Pecan Bruschetta

Fluffy Marshmallow Cream Cheese Fruit Dip with Fresh Fruit – family favorite

A Tasty, Easy Vegetable Dip

Roasted Balsamic Cranberry & Brie Crostini

Harvest Cheese Ball

Spicy & Sweet Cranberry Jalapeno Dip

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball



Thanksgiving Slaw

Brussels Sprouts, Squash & Pomegranate Salad

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Craisins – family favorite

Sicilian Orange Salad

Fall Salad with Candied Pecans, Bacon, Apples & Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Thanksgiving Salad (aka Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan & Brie Salad)


Savory Side Dishes 

Sweet & Spicy Cornbread Casserole

Roasted Lemon Balsamic Asparagus

Scalloped Potatoes with Gruyere

Fresh Green Beans with Garlic & Toasted Almonds

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Katie’s Cornbread Casserole – family favorite

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans & Cranberries

Glazed Sweet Potato Coins

Turkey Gravy


Sweet Side Dishes 

Cranberry Fluff Salad

Tastes Like A Dreamsicle Orange Salad – family favorite

Apple Pomegranate Salad

Perfect Baked Pineapple Casserole

Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce – family favorite

Dixie Salad

Cranberry Millionaire Salad


Breads/Quick Rolls

Easy Buttery Yeast Rolls

Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls

Vanilla Spiced Pumpkin Bread – family favorite

Blueberry Cornbread Muffins

Pumpkin Spiced Buttermilk Biscuits

Rosemary Dinner Rolls

Heavenly Dinner Rolls

Amish Dinner Rolls

Harvest Grain Dinner Rolls



The Perfect Thanksgiving Drink

Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria


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